Japanese giant signs SMX for security solution

Auckland company signs reseller deal with Japan's second largest company Mitsui

Japan’s second-largest company, Mitsui, has signed as a reseller and distributor for Auckland company SMX’s cloud-based email security solution.

Mitsui’s specialist IT security division, Mitsui Bussan Secure Directions (MBSD), will distribute and resell the SMX Cloud Email Security Suite to large corporate customers, including ISPs across Japan.

“We anticipate that Mitsui will be a key partner for us in the Japanese market,” says SMX vice president of global sales Tiaan Blaauw. “Mitsui Bussan Secure Directions is the email security market leader in Japan and has been a consistent innovator in bringing new security products and services to the Japanese market.”

The agreement also allows SMX to continue to contract directly with resellers in Japan.

Junji Tanabe, general manager of MBSD, describes the selection of SMX as strategic, as large Japanese companies and ISPs consider moving their email security to the cloud.

“SMX has a very high email filtering accuracy and is already proven in the Japanese market,” he says. “It is very fast and easy to implement. It is also very scalable, so we can handle an unlimited number of customers by simply adding more racks in the datacentre.

“Most important for Japan, SMX filters email within Japan rather than requiring email to be filtered in an offshore datacentre. This is a very important security consideration for Japanese companies.”

SMX country manager in Japan, James Porteous, says the effects of the recent tsunami, when, despite massive business disruption, no local datacentres went down, has stimulated a shift in Japanese acceptance of the cloud computing model.

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